21 March, 2018: Enslaved

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Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reading: Dn.  3:14-20, 91-92, 95; Gospel: Jn. 8. 31-42

“Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” (Jn 8:34)

In the recent years, by the grace of God, I have met many youngsters with a desire to live a holy life. Most often the one thing that blocks them in growing in the love of the Lord is their sinful habits. Repeatedly these youngsters used to tell me: ‘Father! How much ever I try, I fall back into the same sin. I am able to refrain from it for some time, but eventually I fall again.’ I have noticed this as a constant and consistent problem for those trying to grow in the Lord and His love. They would keep away from sin for a week or even a month or more, but in the long run, they fall back in to the same sin. Sometimes these youngsters have even shed copious tears saying ‘I don’t want to do that sin, but I am not able to come out of it’. It was then that I realized the truth in these words of Jesus: ‘everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin’.

While we sin, we do not understand that we are being enslaved by sin. We realize it only when we try to break away from it.I have also heard so many people saying, ‘I can give up this (or that) habit at any time I want’. They understand the truth only when they try to give up those sinful habits. It is at those times that we realize the power of sin/satan and enslavement. But all is not lost. For Jesus says, “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (Jn 8:36). This ‘Son’ is the second person of the Holy Trinity, the Word made flesh. That is why He says, “If you continue in my word… you will know the truth and the truth will make you free” (Jn 8:31-32).

It is true that when we commit sin we become slaves to sin from which liberation seems next to impossible because we are under the power of Satan. But all is not lost. We have a God who can liberate us and set us free from the clutches of sin/satan; for He paid the price at Calvary.

Are you enslaved? Have you realized the truth? Do you need to be liberated from sin? Look to Jesus… continue in His word… and you will be set free…

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